The family owned Petrolo Estate in Tuscany is named for the landmark medieval tower that still stands in this small hillside village bordering the south-eastern part of Chianti Classico. The estate vineyards are between 750 and 1,200 feet above sea level in an area known since the early 1800s for its prestigious wines. Galatrona is a small, 12 acre vineyard planted in 1990 with Merlot. It is Petrolo's flagship wine and the most awarded wine of the estate. This 2013 is no exception. 100% Merlot from the low yield vines. The wine was aged 18 months in new French oak barrels. James Suckling scored it 98 points saying "The violets and blackberries show wonderfully on the nose here, yet this remains subtle and complete with hints of walnuts. Full body, ultra-fine and firm tannins and a beautiful fruit and mineral undertone. Tight and substantial. So layered. Another example of finesse and beauty here with this pure merlot. Better in 2018."